Put staff evaluations higher on your ‘to do’ list

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   It’s an interesting dilemma: Managers say they think performance evaluations are important and yet they often dread doing them and miss deadlines so employees have to wait months beyond their scheduled due date. What gives?   Without scientific data to back me up, my practical experience tells me there are a number of roadblocks that get in [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently by the city of Bellingham. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. BellinghamApproved by the City of Bellingham in the past month. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as [...]

Hot fun in the summertime: the joy of the family vacation

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Reading J.J. Jensen’s article this month about how local businesses often use the summertime boost in tourism to offset the losses accrued when the local colleges let out at the end of the spring got me thinking about tourism in general and summer vacations in particular.   If you’re like me, the family summer vacations of your [...]

Summer: Students leave and take their revenue with them

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Many local retailers make up this shortfall with the seasonal boost to tourism; staffing problems can also be a hassle Dave Rasmusson, store manager at the Southside Food Pavilion, says it can be difficult finding employees when students leave in the summer. He also notices, not surprisingly, a sag in beer sales. J.J.Jensen   There’s no doubt, [...]

Former classmates now atop county’s RV scene

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys say less disposable income hurting local sales Room to spare: Wholesale Travel Sales owner Howard Vande Kieft inside a park model RV. The Lynden dealership usually has around 40 different RV models on site. J.J.Jensen   Not unlike many classmates, since graduating from high school Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys [...]

Long-awaited parking changes on the horizon

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Downtown metered parking would rise from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour next year, then to 75 cents in 2008 and $1 in 2010; new rules would go into effect Jan. 1, 2006 Larry Farr, the new president of the Downtown Renaissance Network, said the proposed parking changes are great news for [...]

Local nurseries enjoying resurgence in native plants

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Required use in mitigation projects, blossoming popularity by homeowners leading to resurgence of many of these species — and a boom for those far-thinking nurseries that saw the trend coming Fourth Corner Nursery owner Todd Jones tends to a row of native plants at his growing area on Sands Road. Jones said native plants, long [...]

PSP&T was waterfront predecessor to G-P

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Specialized in paper products made with local wood pulp The Puget Sound Pulp & Timber mill at night from the Whatcom Creek waterway, 1946. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   For more than 70 years the manufacture of wood pulp and paper products was a significant industrial activity on the Bellingham waterfront.    Prior to 1920, Whatcom County’s extensive timber [...]

Howard Hammer: No slowdown in sight

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

You’d think after more than 65 years in the logging business, a quiet retirement would be in order — not for Howard Hammer THE GIFT OF FORESIGHT: Howard Hammer knew Bellingham would be developed eventually, so he bought as much property as he could as early as he could — and that foresight has paid [...]

Time to brush up on your tourist skills

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   They come out during the hottest of the dog days of summer, demanding to eat, drink, shop and take up space. They are the tourists. Every community with anything of interest gets them. When we leave town, to visit Winthrop, LaConner, Leavenworth, Seattle or Vancouver, we become them. And all of us have good and [...]

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